Untitled: A Study of Formal and Informal Property Rights in Urban Ecuador

@article{Lanjouw1998UntitledAS,
  title={Untitled: A Study of Formal and Informal Property Rights in Urban Ecuador},
  author={Jean Olson Lanjouw and Philip I. Levy},
  journal={Real Estate},
  year={1998}
}
In this paper we explore the substitutability of formal and informal property rights. We analyze new survey data from Ecuador, where households have both formal and informal claims to urban residential property. The latter come from a variety of sources, including the activity of a local boss, or organizer. We first develop a theory of the ability to sell or rent land in which a distinction is drawn between transferable property rights (e.g., title) and non-transferable claims (e.g., length of… 

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